Lego, guitar lessons & tractor rides: 3 freebies for kids

Miss Thrifty8 June 4, 2014

1. Free Lego

lego store uk

Did you know that every month, Lego stores in the UK host free build sessions for children aged between 6 and 14? The sessions are free to attend, you don’t book in advance (although I would recommend turning up early, before stocks are depleted) and best of all, the kids get to take their free Lego creations home with them.

The free build sessions usually take place after school on the first Thursday of every month, between 4pm and 6pm. The next session takes place tomorrow (Thursday 5 June 2014), but if your children can’t make it, there is always next month.

At every session, the children are given a new model to build. This month it’s a hovercraft; last month it was a helicopter.

In the UK, Lego has stores at Bluewater, Brighton, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London Stratford, London Westfield, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Sheffield and Watford. Click here for more details. If you haven’t visited before, be aware that the Lego store is where children go to have the toyshop equivalent of an ecstatic religious experience. Lego stores are lots of fun, but also possess magical wallet-draining powers. If you are going to spend, then for goodness’ sake sign up for the free VIP Programme: Lego’s equivalent of the Tesco Clubcard.

That said, I feel duty-bound to point out that if you are near Glasgow, there are additional Lego promotions to mark the Glasgow store’s first birthday. For example, if you spend £25 there between 6 June 2014 and 8 June 2014, you child will receive a limited edition Lego minifigure box, which can be filled with three FREE minifigures on the next visit. Terms and conditions apply, so click here for further information and for details of other birthday promotions.

[Lego Store UK]


2. Open Farm Sunday

open farm sunday

Open Farm Sunday comes round once a year… and it’s this weekend (Sunday 8 June 2014). Once again, hundreds of farms will open their doors to the public for the day, hosting events that range from simple farm walks to tractor rides and family activity days. Entrance is free and the farms taking part include working farms, smallholdings, school farms and city farms. You can find your nearest Open Farm here.

Here in North Yorkshire, we are spoilt for choice: this year there are 5 participating farms within 20 miles of my house. So perhaps I am biased, but this is one of my favourite days of the year. Thrifty Kid, like a lot of toddlers, has a farm animal obsession. Last year, he was in his element feeding the calves (above) and ogling the pigs.

A lot of the farms have farm shops, pop-up food stalls and more: the farm we went to last year even had its own ice cream parlour.  If you want to save money by taking your own food, there tend to be picnic areas aplenty. So make a meal of it: if the sun is shining, this is a terrific day out.

[Open Farm Sunday]


3. Free Online Guitar Lessons

guitar lessons online

Finally, if the weather is rotten this weekend, could free guitar tuition be the beginning of something special? I know from experience that although there are lots of guitar tutorial videos on YouTube, most are aimed at adults and are, shall we say, somewhat dry…

Kids Guitar Zone is dedicated to teaching children how to play guitar, with free video tutorials set out in an easy-to-follow format.  Lesson 1 begins with the parts of the guitar; by Lesson 10, students are playing ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Gangnam Style.’ The lessons are all led by the same, friendly teacher and some are accompanied by free PDF downloads. (Thanks to Latest Free Stuff for the spot.)

[Kids Guitar Zone]


If I’m missing any good children’s events, please do add them to the comments. Boredom, begorrah…


Guitar image credit: woodleywonderworks.

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8 Responses to “Lego, guitar lessons & tractor rides: 3 freebies for kids

Scoperks says:

I never knew about the Open Farm Sunday! I’ve already let my friends and family with little ones know about it, so thanks for the heads up 🙂

June 4, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Miss Thrifty says:

You are welcome! It’s a great day.

June 4, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Miss Thrifty says:

No, I didn’t. Thanks for the tip, Jen! I remember how exciting it was to get mail as a child. Now it’s just bills 🙁

June 4, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Amber says:

Thanks for the info. Great to be reminded that fun for kids can be free. I stay in Sydney, Australia and there are heaps of free choices here too! Free fun is all the more enjoyable. You have inspired me – I will definitely be adding some free fun activities for kids in & around Sydney on my blog.

The free farm idea is great – I am going to search for something like that here too.

June 5, 2014 at 9:13 am

Shay Noble says:

I didn’t know about any of these! Thanks for sharing!! My two are a little young for the Lego, fingers crossed their still running their free build sessions in a couple of years 🙂

June 5, 2014 at 10:28 am

Chris says:

A childrens tractor experience plus guitar and lego was the dream for me when I was a kid! Love it!

August 28, 2014 at 12:33 pm

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